I've had a life long interest in reading and writing. Actually, I can remember going to the library when I was 7 years old listening to the librarian read stories to the kids. In the 5th grade the first thing we did every single school day was to write a short one page deal about a picture the teacher had cut out of a magazine and then pasted onto a colorful piece of construction paper. Every single day. That sort of clinched it for me.
In high school and the little bit of college I attended I did well in my English classes. I've loved to read and have read an awful lot. I also had this hankering to write.
I can't tell you how many times I'd bore people to tears talking about how some day I was going to write a book. I'd start them, but I could never get past the first 10 pages or so. It was terrible. And, I continued to tell people that some day I would write a book.
I remember what happened when I finally did start to write that book. I decided I was no longer going to bore people and I was going to do it. I didn't know what I was doing. I'd read about all different sorts of ways to go about writing a book. I'd tried index cards, I'd tried outlining and nothing I tried had worked.
Finally, what did work was to take a very large piece of paper and a bunch of colored markers. I put the central theme of my story in the middle of that paper and drew a circle around it. Then, I began to write different things that would happen in the story and draw circles around them too and bring a line back to the central idea.
I didn't spend a whole lot of time on this. It was just an exercise. I wasn't even sure if that was what I really wanted to do. But, I moved on to the next step.
And, I wrote the whole story in a really condensed version that only took up the space of two inches on a piece of paper. Then, I expanded it once, twice and three times. Then, I expanded it until I had 10 paragraphs. Those became my chapters and I wrote my novel.
It took me three years to write it. I was working the whole time. I'd wake up at 4am and get in a couple of hours before work. I'd work on it after work. I'd work on it during the weekends. It consumed my time. Sometimes all I could do was just stare at the paper and nothing would happen. Once I wrote myself into a corner and didn't know what to do next. I was stumped. I got the idea to get a tape recorder. I lay on my bed and just talked. I talked for 15 minutes and in that short period of time I had enough material to use for the next 6 months.
I remember three quarters of the way through the book I got bored. To this day I can tell when a writer gets bored with what they are doing. It doesn't bother me. It happened to me too. Anyway, I was bored with it. I had written it all in chronological order up to that point. But, I thought I was so near the end of the book that it shouldn't hurt for me to go write the end which did interest me. I thought I could then just back up to where I'd left off and then just fill in the story. What could happen with the thing almost done?
Well, I wrote the end and it was just like I'd figured it would be. I went back and picked up where I'd stopped and did finish the story. But, just as I joined up those two portions, just as I was filling in the finishing touches I stopped. I remember it was a very quiet, calm feeling that came over me. And, I reached out and deleted what I'd written for the end and wrote something entirely different. It wasn't that the first ending was wrong it just wasn't to be. And, the eerie thing about it is that I had no idea what the end was going to be as I wrote it. It was just one of those times when the characters and the story took over. I liken it to a runner's high. It's like you're witnessing what is being written but you're not the one doing the writing.
I busied myself over the next 2 years submitting that manuscript to publisher after publisher. I even tried to get an agent. It just was not to be for the publisher or the agent. One of these days if I get cracking I'd like to be published, but this time the books aren't going to be 3 hanky-tear-jerker, murder mystery, swash-buckling romantic fantasies like, "Secret of the Stone" was. The manuscript lies with the dust bunnies under our bed. I like it there. I learned an awful lot about writing from the time I spent with that book.
I know how much energy you have to have. I know how committed you have to be. I know how focused. I know how lonely it is. I know how wonderful it is as your story unfolds and I know the wonder of the times when the characters come to life and let you know what they'd like to do. It was almost like channeling.
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